John 16 is the sixteenth chapter of the Gospel of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It records Jesus' continued farewell discourse to His disciples, set on the last night before His crucifixion. Jesus speaks about the work of the Holy Spirit, the joy of the believers and His victory over the world. The book containing this chapter is anonymous, but early Christian tradition uniformly affirmed that John composed this Gospel.
John 16:14-22 on the recto side of Papyrus 5, written about AD 250.
|Book||Gospel of John|
|Christian Bible part||New Testament|
|Order in the Christian part||4|
Some early manuscripts containing the text of this chapter are:
The setting for the discourse in this chapter and the following chapter appears to be in Jerusalem. The precise location is not specified, but John 18:1 states that afterwards, "Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley".
The evangelist's purpose in this section of his gospel is to support the Church for whom he is writing, to ensure that they do not fall away (Greek: ινα μη σκανδαλισθητε, hina mē skandalisthēte) (John 16:1). Translations vary widely in the way they treat these words:
- that ye should not be caused to stumble (American Standard Version)
- that ye should not lose faith (21st Century King James Version)
- that ye should not be offended. (Geneva Bible)
- that you should not be offended (taken unawares and falter, or be caused to stumble and fall away (Amplified Bible)
- so that you will not fall away (New International Version)
- so that you won’t be caught by surprise (Complete Jewish Bible)
- to keep you from being afraid (Contemporary English Version)
- that you may not be scandalized (Douay–Rheims Bible)
- so that you won’t lose your faith when you face troubles (Easy-to-Read Version)
- to keep you from stumbling (NRSV)
- that you may avoid the offenses that are coming (The Voice)
- so that your faith may not be shaken (Jerusalem Bible)
- so that you may not be tripped (note on 'literal' translation in Jerusalem Bible)
- so that you will not turn back (Bible in Worldwide English)
- They will put you out of the synagogues.
- However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
- Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
- Halley, Henry H. Halley's Bible Handbook: an Abbreviated Bible Commentary, 23rd edition. Zondervan Publishing House. 1962.
- Holman Illustrated Bible Handbook. Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. 2012.
- Philip W. Comfort and David P. Barrett. The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers Incorporated, 2001, pp. 74-78.
- John 16:2
- Kieffer, R., John in Barton, J. and Muddiman, J. (2001), The Oxford Bible Commentary, p. 989
- John 16:13
- John 16:24
- John 16 King James Bible - Wikisource
- English Translation with Parallel Latin Vulgate
- Online Bible at GospelHall.org (ESV, KJV, Darby, American Standard Version, Bible in Basic English)
- Multiple bible versions at Bible Gateway (NKJV, NIV, NRSV etc.)
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Gospel of John